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Pregnancy Update {weeks 32 & 33}

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Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 8.06.32 AMShalom, friends!

How’s it going?

Good? Great!

I’m doing pretty well too. For some reason I’ve been gaining energy and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because my ‘things to get done before baby’ list is as long as my arm and I have deadlines for my Ecookbook, my kitchen renovation and…oh yeah, this baby!

Things are getting busy up in here let me tell you, but I’d actually much rather be busy with a purpose than bored, wasting my days away. I think if I can make it through these next few weeks keeping my sanity in check, then I’ll be good to go!

Some things happening these last few weeks:

-baby boy has a name officially-but-still-technically-unofficially! It starts with a B!
-That’s all I’m saying for now until its 100% legit–meaning officially on the birth certificate.
-it is the name I’ve been wanting all along that my husband never wanted to agree on. I however, am a convincing woman.
-Odds are the baby’s middle name will be Gordon, so my husband can’t complain too much!
– I’m noticing more of a distinct pattern of him being awake vs asleep. His most active time is between 10:30 andย 11:30 pm.
– I usually feel him right around 7 am too, almost like he’s poking me trying to get me to eat something.
-he’s still head down. He’s most comfortable with his booty resting to the right in my belly. The only problem with this is his feet are perfectly situated to kick me in the lungs. Needless to say, that is uncomfortable, especially now that he’s getting bigger and I can’t breathe half the time anyways.
-apparently, he’s about 4 pounds and 18 inches long.
– my doctor thinks he’s going to be an 8 pounder. I am concerned on a number of levels.
– I’m sleeping pretty well and pretty soundly for the most part which is awesome. Better enjoy it while it lasts!
– I’ve been noticing more leg and foot cramps, especially in the mornings. Charlie horses are the worst things ever.
– I’m debating having a natural childbirth versus getting an epidural. Either way, I’d have this kid at the hospital. I actually practiced hypnobirthing with my first pregnancy….but, went into labor atย 11pmย at night and was already exhausted before I began. Soooo, yeah. That didn’t work out. Still thinking about it though.
-I got a few more maternity outfits at H&M and they are the most comfy outfits ever! I highly recommend their maternity clothes.
-I was looking into placenta encapsulation and thoroughly grossed my husband out whilst showing him pictures of the process. It was hilariously awesome. I chuckle every time I think of him.
-I’m so mean.

Anyways, I think that’s it for now. That’s all I can think of at the moment anyways.
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1. Do your husbands get grossed out easily?
2. Any of you push out larger babies? If so, how did that go? My mother says the weight of the baby doesn’t matter as much as the head size when it comes to pushing. Thoughts?
3. Do you have any tricks on staying comfortable while sleeping and keeping back pain at bay? I don’t have these problems yet, but remember I got them with my first pregnancy.

Thanks, friends!!

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20 Responses
  1. Anya

    I was super late and weighed in at almost 11 pounds, 24″ long. Big baby, small mama. I have a birthmark on my forehead (from her spine?) that proves how cramped it was in there! Anyway, her tiny frame of 5’3″ and about 115 lbs (not preggers) made it through the night. She would have much better advice for staying comfortable, I’m sure!

    Have you ever thought about adjustable frame beds? I have a fantastic memory foam/gel mattress on a frame with all the bells and whistles. It is fantastic for my sciatic pain and is supposed to be great during pregnancy. But I’ll have to get back to you on the benefits during pregnancy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care and good luck!

  2. Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta

    I’m totally doing placenta encapsulation if/when the time comes! Having struggled with depression off and on I’d prefer to try something more natural to possibly avoid the baby blues. Can’t get more natural than your own placenta, LOL! I absolutely understand why it grosses people out though, that was my first gut reaction as well, then I looked into it more. I have two friends who are pregnant and we were discussing big babies the other day and found this great article, maybe you’ll find it interesting as well: http://birthnaturally.wordpress.com/2007/11/17/the-myth-of-cpd-cephalopelvic-disproportion-or-yes-you-can-birth-your-baby/

    Best of luck, however you decide to do it! You’re the one that has to be comfortable with your decision and nobody else’s opinion matters ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Deirdre

    Both of my babies were big — the first was 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and the second was 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Your mom is totally right, it truly is the size of the head, because once the head has emerged your body and the baby’s body work in perfect harmony (and that part goes sooo fast). I would suggest that perhaps you practice perineal massage if you are concerned about tearing. I experienced third degree tearing with my daughter, and wish that my crappy OB had offered up some guidance beforehand. Best of luck, and you AMAZING BTW!

  4. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    I had two boys..the first was 10lbs 6oz..woah. and the second was 9lbs 11oz..they were both huge! haha But it went well..I did SO much walking at the end of my pregnancies that it helped get them low enough down there so that I didn’t tear or have to have a c-section. They both went pretty quickly. Im really lucky…my DR told me both times that they would be around 8lbs..and they were clearly much more than that haha so next time, (if there is a next time, I think Ill take it with a grain of salt!) luckily my husband doesn’t get grossed out and could handle it all really well! Those were the two best moments of my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jen

    My first and only was 9lbs 8oz, with a 97th percentile head. Delivered vaginally on his due date with an epidural. I had an episiotomy AND also tore. Giving birth was a breeze (thanks to the epidural) but recovery was not fun. I was in a lot of pain for a week afterwards. ๐Ÿ™

  6. Michelle Pelletier

    I agree with the head thing. My first was 8.3 and had a huge head. Ow. My second was 10.3 and had a smaller head. I didn’t even notice my second was bigger because her head was smaller. I had epidurals with both. The first one I told the dr to let me tear and the second I just said “cut me” and it was a breeze. Good times.

    Like everyone else has said – all births are different. Can’t wait to read your posts after he comes out. I love birth stories. You look great. Have fun.

  7. Nicole Mendez

    My hubs doesn’t gross out easily (he was in the USMC & a corrections officer=has seen some of the grossest stuff ever!) and when I had all 3 of our kiddos..I didn’t want to look, but his head was down there allright, checking everything out! Good grief!

    I’m guessing the head thing is right on…my babies were: 8lbs 10 oz, 8lbs 12 oz, & 9lbs 5oz…so, on the larger size. My first was the hardest to get out due to my long back labor (yes, she was sunny side up!) (22 hrs and 2 hours of pushing) She gave me a third degree laceration; however, she also paved the way for her future sibs. Sib #2: 7 hours and 20 min pushing-much easier; Sib #3: 4 hours & 10 min of pushing–much, much easier…though she was a little harder to get out because of her size..she looked like a total chunk when she came out! And proceeded to hardly grow over the next four years…she’s a petite little monkey! My advice to you is, if you have back labor…I say go for the epidural (I didn’t and it was excruciating)…my other two; pain was in the front and easier for me to handle…I didn’t do any drugs with the last two.

    I enjoyed the use of a body pillow during the last parts of my pregnancies and I loved it!

    Your looking very well, and I’m praying that you have a smooth and quick labor….usually the second one is a easier on mommy:)

  8. Deborah

    Camden was my biggest baby – 8 lbs 11 oz – and was the easiest birth. I did have an epidural, but only pushed once. I know you’ll do great no matter how big he is!

  9. Judith Z.

    Here’s my experience birthing 5 boys: my largest, 8lb 9oz, was a breeze. My smallest, 6lbs 14oz, was the most difficult (big head). It was a very long labor and I pushed forever. The head size definitely makes the difference. You will do fine! Don’t make any plans on how you will deliver – they always change (just have an idea of what your wishes are). The baby seems to rule the day. Each birth was a different experience for me (4 natural and 1 emergency c-section). Best wishes!

  10. Shirley K.

    So glad you’re getting the energy boost! I was hoping to get that, but my hubby still teases how I slept through most of my pregnancy. I’d hoped for a natural childbirth, but ended up with back labor after being on a Pitocin drip. Was very glad I’d had the talk with the anesthesia guy in advance and signed the paperwork for an epidural, just in case. One moment it was like a mild cramp, the next it was something that could get awesome results as an interrogation torture. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Just in case.

  11. Erin

    ooh big babies. my favorite thing to talk about. Im 5’9″, my first baby was 9 lbs. Pushed for an hour. Tore but not too bad. My second baby was 11 pounds (yes 11. and yes I did want to kill my doctor.) right on his due date. Shorter labor, pushed for 10 mins, NO TEARING! so that was awesome. my third was my fastest. A predicted 10 pounder, she came out after 1 1/2 pushes at only 8 lbs 10 oz. so that was a breeze. My first baby had a pretty big head and the last two were a little smaller. My second baby had Huge shoulders and there was no problems there. I’m long and lean (at least thats what the tag on my jeans say!). My nurses were more amazed that there were no problems with the shoulders on my second than with the size that he was. My sister on the other hand, has 5 lb babies, she tears, and has to push a little longer than me (her hips are bigger too) so you never know what’s going to happen!
    ok i’m done. You look great and I’m excited for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Jodi

    Never commented before so hi! I had an 8lb 2oz baby and a 6lb 10oz baby (both naturally) and there wasn’t much difference. And really, the baby will come out one way or the other so stress not! ๐Ÿ™‚ natural births are an awesome experience. Good luck to you either way you choose!

  13. Lauren

    I’m 35 weeks with my first boy. My husband doesn’t get grossed out too easily though he wants to catch the baby, but not cut the cord. My baby will probably be 9+ lbs. I’m planning on going natural, have taken Bradley classes and learned so much about how the pelvis works, and the exercises to prepare your parts for birth (doing low squats and kegels are important!). As for back pain, I’ve been visiting a chiropractor every couple of weeks, makes a load of difference. I sleep awesome with only a pillow wedged partly under my belly and between my knees.

  14. Tasha N.

    When I went into labor with my second baby (A girl) it was a breeze! I was only in labor for about 3 1/2 hours total from the time I woke up to the time she was born. And only about 15-20 minutes of pushing. Totally natural birth, and she was 9lbs. 12 oz.! I couldn’t believe she was so big, and it was so easy!

    You’ll do great! And if Natural is the way you want to go all you have to do is believe in yourself! You can do it! And the recovery is so much quicker, not to mention better for baby too!

  15. HeatherHH

    The average baby boy is just a smidge under 8 lb. An 8-lb baby is nothing to worry about! My first two babies were 7 lb, and the last five ranged from 8 lb even to 9 lb even. I noticed no connection at all between birth weight and ease of pushing. And in general a second baby that weighs 8 lb is going to be easier to deliver than a 7 lb first baby.

  16. NebraskaNancy

    For her third delivery, my sis-in-law used homeopathy to “loosen things up” and delivered in a pool, in her bedroom, with 2 midwives. That was after having her first two babies c-section. Very impressive! Whatever you decide, I wish you an easy delivery and a healthy baby followed by lots of rest and recovery time!

  17. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I was a 9 lb, 11 oz baby and I apologize to my mother all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ I was also 3 weeks late, so that didn’t help matters! That head theory sounds reasonable though!

    I don’t have any insight, but I’m happy to add my support and tell you that you are such a cute pregnant lady!

  18. Emily Wells

    I have three boys, and the first one was the only vaginal birth I had. He was 8 lb. 4 oz. I had an epidural, and I’m big boned (seriously, lol) and tall, so as far as labors go, it was a breeze. No problems pushing him out, but I did tear and needed 2 or 3 sutures. My husband doesn’t gross out easily, but any kind of talk about periods/tampons/labor/or other female “things” makes him extremely uncomfortable. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d say more embarrased than grossed out. During the birth of my first, the nurses brought out the mirror so I could see him being born. My husband was up by my head and wasn’t going to look in the mirror, but he did. I very clearly remember the nurse saying, “Mr. Wells? Mr. Wells. MR. WELLS, SIT DOWN RIGHT NOW!!” He sort of collapsed into the rocking chair next to my bed. LOL I’m so sure I’m sitting here pushing out a baby and YOU’RE the one who’s going to faint?! haha I never had back pain when I was pregnant–again with the tall/large frame. My main sleeping concern was waking up a billion times a night to pee. And I don’t think there’s a remedy for that–even if you stop drinking at 6 p.m. or whatever, you’re still going to have a baby in there using your bladder as a trampoline. ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Tiny

    Been stalking ur page waiting for thr update. I usually use it to compare notes. Good to know you are feeling great and good think you already have a name.
    Wishing us a splendid remaining 6weeks.

    God bless